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Bonhotal, Jean; Schwarz, Mary
SUMMARY: Death of animals is a normal occurrence on farms and proper management of mortalities has important implications for nutrient management, herd health, public and environmental health. Catastrophic mortalities from natural or man-made disasters can have even greater implications. It is imperative that best management practices for proper disposal or processing of mortalities be understood and used. Through educational programs, networking, training and conferences, connections were made and best management practices were conveyed to farmers, butchers, students, agriculture educators and extension agents, as well as agricultural and health-related agencies. In 14 events over the past year, more than 550 agricultural and environmental consultants, regulatory personnel, educators, farmers and butchers received training and outreach materials to put into practice or pass along to their constituents. Additional assistance and information was disseminated to over 200 people through one-on-one meetings, phone and e-mail responses. Due to the programs CWMI has convened over the last year, livestock producers and agricultural regulators across the United States are adopting “better” best management practices for disposal and processing of mortalities and encouraging more to do the same. In doing so, infectious and contagious diseases are prevented and air, water and soil quality are protected.
Cornell Waste Management Institute
mortality management; composting mortalities